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Wednesday, 22 January 2014, marks the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs Wade and Doe vs Bolton decisions legalizing the killing of pre-born children in America. Trent Horn is an appropriate Guest for this week’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” program.
Trent holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and is currently an apologist and speaker for Catholic Answers. He specializes in training pro-lifers to intelligently and compassionately engage pro-choice advocates in genuine dialogue. He is the author of Answering Atheism and Making the Case for Life (DVD), both published by Catholic Answers.
Making the Case for Life is a very valuable teaching tool for transforming any abortion debate into a fruitful conversation–one that opens minds and hearts to the humanity of the pre-born child while maintaining a non-confrontational environment. Trent’s approach has been developed by refining ideas of seasoned pro-life leaders and applying them with hundreds of college students.
John Preiss is President of the Fatima Family Apostolate International, founded in 1986 by the late Father Robert J. Fox. The mission of the Fatima Family Apostolate International is to promote the message of Fatima and the sanctification of family life.
John is also the Editor of the quarterly magazine the Immaculate Heart Messenger. He has been interviewed on Catholic radio and recently on Vatican Radio about the consecration by Pope Francis. He has written several articles on the message of Fatima and on family life. He is also the author of the new children’s book, The Miracle of the Dancing Sun at Fatima. Since November of 2013 this book has sold close to 1000 copies.
John and his wife Teresa currently reside in Hanceville, AL with their six children: Mark, Lauren, Brenden, John David, Anna Sophia and Ella.
John will be our third Guest speaking about a particular Marian apparition, Our Lady of Fatima. The last two programs featured Fr Peter Stryker on Our Lady of Good Help and Kevin McCarthy on Our Lady of America.
I have asked John to tell us about Our Lady of Fatima-dates, location, seers, miracles, warnings, promises, etc. How are her apparitions in 1917 still relevant in the 21st Century, particularly to the Quest for a Culture of Life in America and the world?
What is the nature/validity of the controversy over the consecration of Russia and the World to Mary’s Immaculate Heart?
I am especially interested in Mary’s promise that Russia will be converted. It seems that is happening based on information I found at www.excerptsofinri.com and Life Site News.
We will be drawing some comparisons between Vladimir Putin’s Russia and Barack Obama’s USA.
We were expecting Kevin McCarthy to call in two weeks ago, but his phone was out-of-order, so he didn’t call, and I had to “wing-it”. Last week’s Guest Fr Peter Stryker educated us about Our Lady of Good Help and her shrine in Champion WI. This week we will try again to have Kevin teach us about Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin.
Kevin is a Civil and Canon Lawyer who has dedicated his life to improving access to Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin. “Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin”, is a title for Mary that is not as well know as “Our Lady of Guadalupe–Our Lady of the Americas”, the Empress of all the Americas, with a message of unity. Our Lady of America is specific to the United States of America, and her message is a call for purity. And who would deny this pressing need in our country plagued as it is by all manner of sexual sins that are even promoted by government health care mandates for free access to contraception, abortion and sterilization.
Kevin will be able to trace the story of Mary’s locutions and apparitions as “Our Lady of America” to Sister Mary Ephrem (Mildred Neuzil), of the Precious Blood Sisters of Dayton Ohio. Sister Mary Mildred also experienced apparitions and messages from Our Lord, St Joseph, St. Gabriel and St. Michael. Sister’s spiritual adviser for over 40 years was Father/Msgr/Bishop (Evansville IN)/Archbishop (Cincinnati) Paul Leibold of Dayton Ohio.
Sister Mary was asked by The Blessed Virgin Mary to draw a picture according to the vision of Our Lady of America and have a statue constructed accordingly and placed after a solemn procession into the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, DC, and honored there as Our Lady of America. Our Lady says that if this is done, the United States of America would turn back toward morality and the shrine would become a place of “wonders.” Sister Mary Ephrem, died on January 10th, 2000, near Fostoria Ohio.
Fr Peter Stryker is a native of Cincinnati. After a stint providing hospitality to Westin Hotel guests, he followed God’s call to priesthood with the Fathers of Mercy and now provides hospitality to pilgrims visiting Our Lady of Good Help Shrine near Green Bay Wisconsin. For over 150 years people have come to this site where the Blessed Mother appeared to Adele Brise , asking her to teach the catechism to children of French and Belgium descent. Adele succeeded in raising the funds to build a school, convent and chapel at the apparition site, which has become a place of physical and spiritual healing.
It was on October 9, 1859, that the Queen of Heaven appeared to Adele Brise in Champion (Robinsonville), Wisconsin.The apparitions to “Sister” Adele took place 20 months after Mary appeared in Lourdes France to St Bernadette.
When Adele asked the apparition, “In God’s name, who are you and what do you want of me?”, the lady in white replied,
“I am the Queen of Heaven, who prays for the conversion of sinners, and I wish you to do the same. You received Holy Communion this morning, and that is well. But you must do more. Make a general confession, and offer Communion for the conversion of sinners. If they do not convert and do penance, my Son will be obliged to punish them.”
The Blessed Mother went on to say, “Gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation.” Adele replied, “But how shall I teach them who know so little myself?” Mary replied, “Teach them their catechism, how to sign themselves with the sign of the Cross, and how to approach the sacraments; that is what I wish you to do. Go and fear nothing. I will help you.”
On December 8, 2010, the feast day of the Immaculate Conception, Diocese of Green Bay Bishop David Ricken gave official Church approval of the Marian apparitions that occurred in the month of October at Robinsonville, now known as Champion, Wisconsin. The Bishop stated, “I declare with moral certainty and in accord with the norms of the Church that the events, apparitions and locutions given to Adele Brise in October of 1859 do exhibit the substance of supernatural character, and I do hereby approve these apparitions as worthy of belief (although not obligatory) by the Christian faithful.”
This declaration makes the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion the first and only Marian shrine in the United States that is on the site of an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The parallel declines of the family and the Christian Religion in the West (Europe and North America) has long fascinated academicians and sociologists. The debate has typically been over whether family decline caused religion decline, or religion’s decline caused family decline. In How the West Really Lost God, Mary Eberstadt makes the case for religion and family being so intertwined that neither can change without a consequent change in the other.
This influence of family on religion, Mary calls the “Family Factor”–the active effect that family participation has on religious belief and practice.
The American Catholic Church has certainly been in decline for several decades as manifested by closed schools and parishes, fewer vocations to priesthood and religious life, and a mere 25% of Catholics attending weekend Mass.
Family decline is equally evident in the 50% divorce rate, 40% out-of-wedlock birth rate, push for same-sex “marriage”, and the continuing abortion of one out of every four pregnancies. Can Mary convince us that these facts are intertwined?
What does the future hold for the institutions of family (marriage and children), and Church? Mary offers two possibilities–one pessimistic, another optimistic? What do you think? More Churches closing, even smaller families, or a rebirth, a new evangelization, and stable families?
That is the title of a recent symposium at Biola University in California, and it is our topic of the day on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. I had not heard of “stealth” euthanasia until Katie Short alerted me to this event. Katie is a wife, mother, and staff attorney with Life Legal Defense Foundation in California. She participated in this symposium; she will be our Guest today.
Stealth–not disclosing one’s true ideology, affiliations, or positions–euthanasia is the intentional killing of vulnerable humans by covert means while projecting an image of loving care. It can happen in home, hospital, or hospice. The killer/s may be family members, medical personnel, or other “care” providers. The hospice industry is a mixture of truly compassionate and ethical care providers and rogue organizations/individuals whose primary focus is on money. Why is “hospice” one of the fastest growing industries in America?
This is too huge a topic to be covered in 50 minutes, but today we can open the subject and provide some guidance to those who are entrusted with the care of a loved one.
All pro-lifers (actually all Americans) should know that African-American (A-A) babies are targeted for abortion by Planned Parenthood, and the abortion industry as a whole. In other words, the legacy of Margaret Sanger and racism continues into the 21st Century. We should all know that a disproportionate share of abortions is done on A-A women. Is abortion so acceptable in the A-A culture? Are there A-A leaders trying to stop this genocide?
Yes! There are many truly great A-A pro-life leaders and we are blessed to have Day Gardner as our Guest Tuesday the 26th. She made history as Miss Delaware when she became the first black woman to be named as a semi-finalist of the internationally renowned Miss America Pageant, breaking through numerous racial and stereotypical roadblocks for others to follow.
Today, Gardner is the founder and President of The National Black Pro Life Union, Associate Director of National Pro Life Center on Capitol Hill and an executive member of the National
Clergy Council. She is a sought after speaker, author and an articulate spokesperson for the pro-life movement.
Albuquerque (ABQ) New Mexico is the late-term-abortion capital of the USA because there are virtually no restrictions on abortion in New Mexico. That may change today (Tuesday, 19 November) because the good people of ABQ signed enough petitions to get a”Pain Capable Abortion Ban” on the ballot for today’s election. If this passes, ABQ may be the only city in America with a municipal ordinance restricting abortion.
ABQ is thus the current location for pro-life forces to gather. Do you remember the Texas State legislature battles over pro-life legislation in Austin this past summer, and the Kermit Gosnell trial in Pennsylvania earlier this year?
Tara Shaver and friends are leading the effort to ban abortions of pain capable children–20 weeks post-fertilization–in Albuquerque. I encourage you to listen to this amazing development–opening a new front in the battle to protect pre-born children and their mothers–by way of a municipal ordinance. How did this young mother get involved? Who are her allies? What national attention is focused on ABQ today? And will this new approach be spreading to your city? Are you willing to be in the fight for life in your home town?